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Consultant: Digital Music Profits at Least Three Years Away

Aram Sinnreich, managing partner at the consulting firm Radar Research, recently told's Troy Wolverton that, because of Apple's stranglehold on the market: "It will be at least three years before anyone can make a serious profit selling digital music." He added: "Nobody will ever make money from selling 99-cent downloads. There's not a margin in it."

While digital music sales are on a sharp upward trajectory compared to retail CD sales, which are in decline, Mr. Wolverton wrote: "While Apple says iTunes is operating in the black, financial analysts generally estimate that the store is marginally profitable at best." He added that such performance "seems to be a rare exception," citing Napster, RealNetworks, and Yahoo! as examples of music services that are losing money.

The columnist also cited Napster CEO Chris Gorog's estimation that subscription service margins are "four times" greater than margins for a la carte services like iTunes. But with the iPod, which is incompatible with any music service other than iTunes, in control of the MP3 player market, Mr. Sinnreich said that subscription services are being held back "to a tremendous degree."

Analyst Ross Rubin of NPD Group told Mr. Wolverton that the success of the subscription model will "require far more consumer education and changes in behavior compared to how they have traditionally purchased music."

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